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Wigan Mining and Technical College circa 1965
Wigan Mining and Technical College circa 1965
Photo: Ray Dwyer
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Item #: 23172
This photo was taken by our then college lecturer.
I think it is General Engineering Course G2.
I left school at 15 in 1962, I am probably 17 or 18 here so it is 1964/1965.
the names I remember are - back row standing :-
Alan Owen, ?, Len Grimshaw, ? , ? , ? , ?, Ray Dwyer, Bill Cullen, Brian Palin, Arthur Turner.
Front row kneeling I cant recall a single name.
Put it down to being nearly 50 years ago and the loss of so many brain cells.
Could somebody help with missing names ?.
Cheers from Ray Dwyer.

Comment by: joe on 10th April 2013 at 16:20

front row left dave russell ?

Comment by: jud on 10th April 2013 at 18:54

my old mate len grimshaw third from left at the back,we mated together when we were 17/18 yrs old.always in the mirror with the combe.

Comment by: Bill Fleetwood on 10th April 2013 at 22:03

I remember the lads from Ince,Ray and Alan Owen and Bill Cullen might have been from Bird St,

Comment by: Carl Fairclough on 10th April 2013 at 23:21

Ray, I think the lad who is 2nd from the left on the front row looks like Graham Edwards. If it is him he is also on the All Saints school photo which is 7 before your photo, he is on the back row at the end on the left.

Comment by: Ray Dwyer on 11th April 2013 at 13:29

Thanks for those names Joe and Carl
Jud weren't we all combers and preeners in those days.

Comment by: broady on 11th April 2013 at 14:52

Front row on the extreme left could be Bert Gaskin from Abram.

Comment by: jud on 11th April 2013 at 17:24

yes,ray suppose we were,but len took it to the limit.

Comment by: Ray Dwyer on 11th April 2013 at 18:22

Hi to Bill Fleetwood. Yes you're right Bill Cullen and I came from Bird St., Alan Owen came from Christopher St. You had 2 younger brothers, I used to knock about with Peter who was my age. You brothers always had a great sense of humour.
I remember your house being a happy house. I remember playing your record player on the living room floor. There were 45 rpm records scattered all over the floor and not a record sleeve in sight. I remember hearing Eddie Cochran singing "Three steps to heaven" for the first time - fabulous. I remember your mum was a lovely lady, it must have been a nightmare bringing up 3 boisterous lads.
Alan Owen and I started our apprenticeships together aged 15 at Irlam Steel Works, Peter would have gone on to do 'O' levels and 'A' levels no doubt. I hope he is ok.
I hope you are well also Bill.
Best regards
Ray Dwyer

Comment by: Ray Dwyer on 11th April 2013 at 19:58

Broady - Thanks for your input but I think the first posting by Joe is correct - its Dave Russell.

Comment by: arthur turner on 13th April 2013 at 17:04

back row 4th from left alan adlington. front ror far right norman turner

Comment by: BEWLEY on 13th April 2013 at 19:52

Ray is this David Russel from Thorburn Road.

Comment by: joe on 14th April 2013 at 10:21

dave russell lived at eccleston ,
he worked at norweb as a electrical fitter

Comment by: Ray Dwyer on 14th April 2013 at 13:20

Thanks for that Arthur. Hope you are OK. If memory serves Alan had a phase were he would call everybody "Malcom".
Thanks again Joe.
Hi to David - hope you are keeping well.

Comment by: Bill Fleetwood on 14th April 2013 at 21:43

Hi Ray,
Just seen your comments and you are quite right it was a happy household and fortunately we are still a happy and very close family.
I remember your mum and dad,lovely people just like a lot of families in the 50's,really good to connect and keep the pictures coming.

Comment by: Eric weall on 23rd April 2013 at 19:41

The small one in the middle is Brian pilkington ,I was in the same class as him at gidlow school

Comment by: Graham on 25th November 2013 at 20:22

Could anyone tell me why the college N block was given that name and why !!!!!!

Comment by: Johnny on 28th January 2015 at 11:53

I was on that course but not in the photo. It was day-release and I would spend the day listening to Radio Caroline, the pirate radio station!!

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